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Emmeline Vance: The Future Rosetta Stone

by Louis CasaBianca

Emmeline Vance appears in Order of the Phoenix for exactly 42 words, and yet she may very well be the key to understanding Snape, and therefore the key to understanding all seven books. First she's part of Harry Potter's guard on the way to 12 Grimauld Place. Next, in Half-Blood Prince, she's dead, killed around the corner from the Muggle Prime Minister's office.

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I think this anagram idea is brilliant, but remember: An anagram isn't an anagram if not all the letters are used.

Posted by Ms. Evans from The Land of Love on March 21, 2007 05:49 AM

Ok now I know this is random, but I agree with "Ms. Evans". These are not anagrams, but merely rearrangements of letters.
when i was seven I used to get coloring books of Catdog that had "See how many words you can make out of.." And then they gave you a word.
That is what we are doing, not anagrams.

Posted by Ashley from Missouri on March 21, 2007 1:55 PM

Ashley, an anagram is the letters from one word rearranged into a new word. You can only use each of the letters once. Here's the definition:

anagram (an-uh-gram)

A word or phrase formed by rearranging the letters of another word or phrase.
For example, Elvis to Lives.

So, that is what we were doing. I love the posting that someone mentioned about the anagram giving us meaning or the meaning coming after the anagram. Great thing to ponder!

Posted by Kim from Manchester on March 26, 2007 3:33 PM

If one looks hard enough it is almost impossible not to find suspicious combinations of letters out of a name. Interesting theory, but I doubt the anagram theory is correct, unless a solution is found in which all of the letters are used. Remember, thus far, JK has only used one known anagram, and if it had been found before it was revealed it would have been a very obvious one.
Tom Marvolo Riddle - I am Lord Voldemort

Posted by Connor K from Rigby, ID on March 31, 2007 3:40 PM

ollivander = ALL DRIVE ON
or an evil lord
and emmeline vance =MENACE LIVEN ME
is the best not mentioned i think

Posted by mikedagr8 from melbourne, victoria on April 2, 2007 07:01 AM

I don't know if we can find anything in the way of anagrams for Emmeline, but it does seen odd the way she has been introduced in the story, and not been elaborated any more. There is more to her than we think.

Posted by Emilio from Mexico City, Mexico on April 2, 2007 08:51 AM

If you think anagrams are relevant (not in Jo's mind, but to be used in DH), they have to work in each translated language, because if they are not, the books can't be correctly translated.

Thus, if you find an anagram for Emmeline Vance, or Lily Evans, it has to work in every language. for sure, it worked for Voldemort (in french: Tom Elvis Jedusor = je suis Voldemort).

Posted by herve from strasbourg on April 2, 2007 09:38 AM

I think it is weird that Tom Marvolo Riddle makes I am Lord Voldemort at all. Who has the time to sit up in their room making anagrams of their name?
Tom Riddle would have had to be a loser to have that kind of time and energy.

Posted by Ashley from Missouri on April 3, 2007 07:08 AM

Ashley from Missouri,

I used to know someone that had the ability to do it without effort, it is just a s, like playing cards...

We know that Tom Riddle was highly intelligent and as some have mentioned a psychopath.

If you where trying to make a different name for yourself, and didn�t want to deviate much from what you already where, but not letting it be apparent for the others, why not try an anagram?

Posted by Emilio from Mexico City, Mexico on April 3, 2007 11:26 AM

There is someone else mentioned early on that has a huge part later... Sirius. Hagrid breifly mentioned him in SS. He had even less print time than Vance before he was finally given his due. I think that there is something to her in DH. All I can say is that there is a lot to be accounted for.

Posted by Robbie from New Mexico on April 5, 2007 10:48 PM

How about Slughorn? Can anyone make a meaningful anagram of his name? I'm not coming up with anything but I've never been good at anagrams.
I think he may hold a key to the final book. Was he hiding from Eaters or did he know Dumbledore was looking for him? Why was he the head of Slytherin in the absence of Snape? Slughorn is attracted to those who wield power and Riddle was extraordinarily charming, so I think there is some connection there.
Slughorn may be more of a Rosetta Stone than Emmeline Vance.

Posted by Patty from Quincy MA on April 7, 2007 07:09 AM

Patty from Quincy,

Slughorn was the acting head of Slitherin because he had been in Slitherin, and apart from Snape, I believe, the only other person from that house teaching at Hogwarts at the time, thus making him Slitherins head by default, as I believe Hagrid be for Griffindor as McGonagal becomes Headmistress.

Posted by Emilio from Mexico City, Mexico on April 9, 2007 09:12 AM

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